Congratulations to Frank Johnson, Assistant Vice President-Vessel Operations, Ingram Barge Company, winner of the 2019 IMX Achievement Award.

Now in its sixth year, the IMX Achievement Award honors an individual who has spent his or her career making significant contributions to the maritime industry. This year’s honoree is Frank Johnson, assistant vice president-vessel operations for Ingram Barge Company.Johnson began his career in the industry in 1973, as a deckhand for Walker Towing Company. By 1977, he was a pilot, and since then has worked for several companies, primarily Ingram, where he has been employed since 1991. During his vessel career, he piloted towboats ranging from 800 to 9,200 hp., moving tows of up to 49 barges. He moved shoreside in 2002 as Ingram’s operations manager.

Johnson was nominated for the award by Dave O’Loughlin, president and CEO of Ingram Barge Company.

The Inland Marine Expo (IMX) accepted nominations for the Achievement Award, specifically for industry veterans who spent their career making significant contributions to the maritime industry by helping it to be the most cost-efficient, safe and environmentally friendly mode of transportation for many cargoes.

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2019 IMX 40 Under 40 Award.

Nominations were also accepted for men and women under the age of 40 who have made significant contributions to the inland marine transportation industry and collectively promise to play a big role in shaping its future.


Adam Adkins · Steersman · Amherst Madison, Inc.

Trevor Barnabee · Sales Support Specialist · Great Lakes Power Products

Michael Breslin · Manager of Subchapter M Compliance · Turn Services, LLC.

Kenny Brown · Captain · Cheryl K Marine & Founder · Maritime Throwdown

Austin Bugg · Sales Manager · TowWorks, LLC.

Todd Clower · Executive Vice President · Harbor Towing and Fleeting, LLC.

Casey Crozier · President · Precision Tension Solutions

Craig Daniels · Assistance Service Manager/Field Project Engineer · Marine Industrial Gears and Services

Josh Dixon · Director of Marine Operations · Petroleum Service Corporation

Derek Egan · Chief Operations Officer · Illinois & Michigan Oil, LLC

Adam Foret · Vice President · the ACTion group

Andrew Gates · Maintenance Coordinator · Hines Furlong Line

Will Hayes · Marketing / Business Development Manager · Team Services, LLC.

Matt Hogan · Regional Project Manager · J.F. Brennan Company, Inc.

Shannon Jaco · Owner/CEO · Barge Transfer Services

Ryan Johnston · Vice President of Regional Operations · Wepfer Marine, Inc.

Leif Lacey · Terminal Services Sales Representative · Parker Towing Co.

Jason Lake · Loss Control Manager · The American Equity Underwriters, Inc.

Robert LeBlanc · Divisional Support Manager & FSO · ARTCO – Archer Daniels Midland

Hannah Chotin Macgowan · Corporate Communications Manager · Canal Barge Company, Inc.

Mark Patterson · Vice President of Operations · Osage Marine Service

Ray Pollum · Senior Manager of Logistics · Campbell Transportation Company, Inc.

Tom Santel · Machine / Fab Shop Manager · Mike’s Inc.

Jamie Schumann · Steersman · Amherst Madison, Inc.

Graham Shaffer · Mechanic · SCF Services

Alex Smith · Associate General Counsel · TPG Marine Enterprises, LLC

Jess Steger· President· Channel and Lynchburg Shipyards

Amanda Tallant · Assistant Port Captain/Crew Dispatcher · Parker Towing Co.

Craig Theiler · General Manager · Law Valve of Texas

Greg Turko · Chief, Medium Capacity Fleet · U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Keenan Vogler · Marine Engineer /Service Engineer · Simplex Americas, LLC.

Kevin Wakefield · Operations Manager · Decatur Marine Audit & Survey

Walt Wepfer · Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations · Wepfer Marine, Inc.

Graham Wogan · Director of Fleet Logistics & Account Management · Canal Barge Company, Inc.

Joseph Womack · Senior Manager of Shipyard Operations · Wepfer Marine, Inc.

Not Pictured:

Matthew Devall · CFO · Devall Towing and Boat Service

Jeremy Headley ·  Sales Representative · Parker Towing Co.

Lauren Jeppson · Vice President of Administration · Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau

Nathaniel Ross · Manager of Business Development and Planning · Illinois Marine Towing, Inc.

Erwin G. Thompson III · General Counsel, Governmental Affairs & Commercial Development · LeBeouf Bros Towing, LLC